Google's 16 biggest purchases, and how they worked out
But over the last decade, Google has been one of the biggest -- and most successful -- acquirers in the tech industry, and owes a lot of its success to these smart buys.
Join us as we count down Google's top 16 acquisitions by value and show what happened to them.
#16: Android mobile platform, "up to" $50 million (estimated)
Last October, Google M&A chief David Lawee called the 2005 acquisition of Android -- the mobile phone platform started by ex-Danger leader Andy Rubin -- its "best deal ever." Less than three years after launch, it has become the most popular smartphone platform in the world.
#15: Aardvark social search, $50 million
Google paid about $50 million for social search Q&A service Aardvark in February 2010, but hasn't really done much with it yet. However, there are hints in Google+ code that suggest that Aardvark -- or what's left of it -- will soon be integrated into Google's new social network.